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Refugees from the Otherworld

by Psyche Corporation

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1.
New Age 04:48
A hundred years ago, the xenos started coming through checkpoints in woodlands at the outskirts of our planet's cities, dropped down from nowhere: fairies, vampires, and chimeras too. These refugees had come to seek asylum and our pity. They say their dear homeland was ripped apart by war Out in other planes hiding between our quarks. They say their ancestors had come to us before, They say their ancestors had come to us before. It's a new age full of eerie potential Dwarves wanna invest and trolls are waiting for dental It's a new age we can expressly attest With legislation for magic and hybrid tech (It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age age age) A hundred years ago the phoenix prophesied a school to train physicians for both humans and the other sort because no creature can be free of our diseases cruel And P.M.S. was built and funded with vampire support And now the world today is one of urban fancy. But I wouldn't say we move beyond the petty. Former refugees are model second-classers but their money's good and their insurance faster. It's a new age full of eerie potential Mer-folk running cruises, centaurs teaching flamenco It's a new age we can, with confidence, show That the economy's a-humming like a dynamo (It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age age age) In present day, dear P.M.S. trains all the very best And graduates go on to be admired and well-paid But rumor has it there's a prophecy the phoenix left unsaid to keep investors focused on the greater game You see the world today has yet to know the horror of the strange disease that comes to claim us later No one knows the form of this profane disorder But a P.M.S. grad'll be its creator It's a new age full of eerie potential Earthquakes have Medusa working for Sacramento It's a new age we are excited to know The housing market will undoubtedly continue to grow (It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age It's a new age age age) They say the war is now police state in the In-Between An elven kingdom hard as diamonds bought with seas of blood News outlets here by contrast care more for our thinning trees (And lavish lifestyles if you do xenobiology) Another crop of students has arrived - come see them Some are here to learn, but more are here for glory One is driven by a birthright and a demon One conceals an altogether different story
2.
Mr. Perfect 04:42
LUC: Back home, the girls all called me angel but I am human-born - Best in class and always faithful To Number 1 I'm sworn It's all a routine, being first in every subject since my teens Family tradition, for this soon-to-be rockstar physician Oh it's a tragic burden yes To be so much better than the rest The spotlight's weighing on my chest A poet genius alpha mess I may not be a doctor yet But every legend has a prequel Starting school at PMS Will show the world I have no equal Back home, defeat was not an option my mother would have cried - and taken gin with dextromethorphan 'cause average is a crime For someone like me, so beyond the curse of merely ordinary hate or concur it, I had no choice but to be, well, perfect Oh it's a tragic burden yes To be defined by my success My psychoanalyst attests I've always needed to impress I may not altogether get That friendship means I have to share things Who needs friends, though; don't forget I'll show the world I'm past comparing Make no mistake I'm after glory And the wealth, obligatory Xenodoc, and future jet-set Running now to be the class rep Every year at PMS The rep is chosen by a test So watch them learn I'm next to none When grades come back and I am number --- what? DIANA: Oh it's a tragic burden yes To be so much better than the rest The spotlight's weighing on my chest A poet genius alpha mess I may not be a doctor yet But every legend has a prequel Starting school at PMS Will show the world I have no equal LUC: Number two?
3.
ROADX 03:40
A medical degree from Phoenix Med is a feather in your CV to push you ahead for all the residency offices are looking to know If you can treat a vampire like a pro Set your alarms You're gonna get up early You're gonna stay up late You 'bout to get real surly R-O-A-D-X, xenodocs make bank in less than 2 months out of residency, yes to be blunt it's a slam dunk, but takes finesse Rads and Ophtho see CATs and eye strokes Anesthesiology--might as well be broke Derm holdin' firm is ranked higher than those three But second-best always gotta be taken by somebody R-O-A-D-X, are you a xenodoc, or are you one of the rest? R-O-A-D-X, are you a xenodoc, or are you here to get rekt? R-O-A-D-X, you playin' unranked or are you ready to flex? R-O-A-D-X, Xenodoc, or Thank U, next? Xenobiology the refugee specialty, we can't be quite sure why your luck soars with unicorns but play the stock market after treatin' that hoof-rip And you'll be winnin' faster than a rapper can get lit And naturally the faeries and the goblins turn a profit when you're poppin' them the medicine to vaccinate their toddlers Who can say no, yo to that sweet dough, so The competition for the X specialty's cutthroat Show the anatomy Know the histology No more apologies Go gun it or get wrecked Bed is the enemy Scut a necessity Speak all the flattery 'cause letters can spell death Show the anatomy Know the histology No more apologies Go gun it or get wrecked Bed is the enemy Scut a necessity Speak all the flattery 'cause letters can spell death (Chorus) Stethescope Otoscope Reflex hammer Tuning fork, penlight, Snellen- Hit the ward spellin' (Chorus)
4.
Outsider 04:26
A hundred years ago, great-granny found a way to leave the elven masters who owned our entire family She heard the Earth was full of humans just like we once were Before as changelings we were taken and re-bred to serve The timing came before her 16th birthday when the Elves would have magically implanted Her virgin uterus with an embryonic bouquet that would grow a generation when demanded Us neohumans were genetically reorganized Before her mother's mother slept inside her mother's pouch We lost an orifice to bioengineering For slaves were not permitted recreation breeding Her legend survives long after her life Mum says that my eyes hold some of her shine And I'll be the hand that claims restitution for all the dreams she could not afford I may be an outsider but not for long I pass as a human when I play along Some day I'll be loved by an insider boy Who'll see me as woman and not a decoy 'bout eighty years ago, great-granny bought some human seed And Mother's mother was the first of us born finally free She never learned a word of Elvish and good riddance too We live as humans now. We look just like you. Gramma had to spend her 16th birthday Finding a second job to pay her mother's health fees Turns out your universe is ... carcinogenic Your food half-poison, and you blight us with a strong sneeze After her autopsy, the refugee insurance group at last allowed us to be added to their Xeno-plan We keep that private from our neighbors and our lovers For we still thirst for social capital with your clan Her legend survives long after her life Mum says that my eyes hold some of her shine And I'll be the hand that claims restitution for all the dreams she could not afford I may be an outsider but not for long I pass as a human when I play along Some day I'll be loved by an insider boy Who'll see me as woman and not a decoy Mum got us to the middle class mostly legally brokering curses for those with the cash In the day she ran a laundromat and studied accounting She raised me as our family's clap back. Let Destiny find I'm worthy to rise Mum says that my future outweighs any price And I'll be the hand that claims restitution for all the dreams she could not afford I may be an outsider but not for long I pass as a human when I play along Some day I'll be loved by THAT insider boy Who'll see me as woman and not a decoy
5.
LUC: Class rep, congratulations, by the way I'm Luc DIANA: Hi Luc, I'm Diana, and I've heard of you LUC: Many have, and many believe- you don't have what it takes to be the class lead- But Diana my dear, I'm rooting for you If you're ever in need, you can rely on Luc DIANA: Wow I hate you already, though you're very attractive Sore loser, much? Baby, must you be so reactive? LUC: They made a mistake, we both know I'm the finest I have a fanclub, and you need a stylist (but wait is she saying that she has a weakness? It's so underhanded, but can I exploit this?) BOTH: You'd better keep to your side of the body or I'll make you sorry alright. LUC: Hand me the scalpel DIANA: In your dreams, I'm not your pal. Be- -lieve the first incision's gonna be mine LUC: No! DIANA: YES! LUC: Noooo DIANA: I'm in the fascia LUC: Look I'm sorry that I sassed ya but we've gotta keep our eyes on the prize BOTH: Our teamwork grade! LUC: Life gives you lemons.. DIANA: Make lemonade. You're the partner from hell-- LUC: And you're a pity date. BOTH: You'd better keep to your side of the body or I'll make you sorry alright.
6.
LUC: I lie awake and wonder why I think of her in the dark She is exposing the attachment of the jugum with sharps And I am frightened by this feeling that she might be too smart I don't dare admit to something that could tear me apart DIANA: Your reputation echoes like a warning under my heart I know I'm nothing but a number you would love to discard But I'm waiting to be noticed, why does it feel so hard You are a boy I've worshiped for so long from afar LUC: I wanna just crush you Subdue and reduce you Cause you really scare me It's not a feeling I'm used to DIANA: I wanna just touch you Embrace and unlace you Cause you really slay me It's not a feeling I'm used to LUC: I want you to crown me Admit you revere me And for that I am ready to sleep with the enemy DIANA: I want you to kiss me Admit that I'm pretty And for that I am ready to sleep with the enemy LUC: After histology, | I swore that amends would be ardent I would make it up to her, with all of my charisma hence DIANA: I didn't trust him but | I never said I didn't want him didn't wanna think about how bedding him would be a problem LUC: I stole her notes for xenoembryo' and physio' the girl has got some major chops DIANA: I may have mentioned that some refugees were human breeds The derivates of changeling slaves LUC: and would you believe I began to pray for a miracle could I want her more than fighting for first I fear I won't DIANA: (and) would you believe I began to pray for a miracle could he still love me when he knows the truth I fear he won't (Duet Chorus) BOTH: Tell me platonic is the word for what this feeling is breathing your breath in silence, sighing your name awhile and- Your fingers tighten in my hair and I am mesmerized Don't leave me so frustrated, I've waited and I've waited Tracing circles round your desires Give me the strength to tell you what I want before I die here of virtue BOTH: I wanna just touch you Embrace and unlace you Cause you really slay me It's not a feeling I'm used to I want you to kiss me Don't care if it breaks me 'cause I'm more than ready to sleep with the enemy to sleep with the enemy to sleep with the enemy I'm more than ready to sleep with the enemy
7.
DIANA: Stop, wait.. I have something to say (LUC: I'm listening) I'm ...different, not sure how to explain, and I've never explained any part of this to any person before, someone I have come to adore LUC: I'm still listening; take all the time that you need, use the words you deserve and know you have the floor DIANA: I am descended from humans enslaved by a race of what you would call Elves. And they made our bodies into hobbies, so my pelvic anatomy is.. something else LUC: Hold on, you seem worried as you say this and I'd like to react that your disclosure means a lot and I will treat this with tact You shine a light on my life and I’m into your anatomy just like your mind DIANA: I have a pouch LUC: So what? DIANA: Is that your stance, "so what"? LUC: well no there's more- DIANA: I'm waiting- LUC: sure.. Look what you're saying is a critical unveiling and the reason is because this is a trauma not a failing, and you deserve to be heard you chose me, I'm honored. BOTH: You shine a light on my life and your body sure ain't makin' me sorry tonight.
8.
Hate Me 03:49
A sequence of decisions stretches out ahead Like a minefield It's 'bout to get real All I have ever wanted is to get that xeno- doc job But it's a crap shot She's standing in my way She's got the grades X-jobs go to the unequaled, second-place is lethal, and cast away Oh you may hate me if you like for climbing up the way I climb But you would do the same as I If your dreams were on the line And if I dream of hell, it's just as well my life be past compare and if an angel fell, I'll never tell the crime is mine to bear So that is how my bank account was emptied by the - fairies they're really scary Black magic to inseminate our studious Kasai buff with no vagina I scorned the warning of a prophecy in blood that immaculate conception born of her deception would ruin us Oh you may hate me if you like for climbing up the way I climb But you would do the same as I If your dreams were on the line And if I dream of hell, it's just as well my life be past compare and if an angel fell, I'll never tell the crime is mine to bear I thirst for glory, like gasoline Quick! Strike me a match, I won't feel a thing won't feel a thing won't feel a thing I welcome the venom I welcome the rain I make my momentum And I won't feel the pain Oh you may hate me if you like for climbing up the way I climb But you would do the same as I If your dreams were on the line and I won't feel a thing won't feel a thing won't feel a thing
9.
All Overcome 04:44
LUC: Please let me explain, I'm just a man and you a goddess You intoxicate me toward procreation our heir would be flawless Trust me any man in my present position would yearn for commitment entirely And you're an exceptional specimen of the ideal we desire, see I'm all overcome by none other than true love Baby I swear to you There's no other reason a man would knock you up except family values No more delaying our fairytale my darling I'm a prince destined for an empire I need a princess for my castle You're the logical unbeatable girl I admire I desire, I'm a-fire DIANA: I'm shocked and dismayed that you would invade my body unsanctioned I admit I'm unsure of men as a cohort don't know how to rank them You say any man in your present position would yearn for commitment entirely What's more, you're an insider specimen saying for once you desire...Me I'm all overcome by none other than fool love I ache to believe in you That babies could bind us together is cruel stuff I wished for in secret too DUET (DIANA's part; LUC’s part is same as above): No more delaying our fairytale my darling You're a prince destined for an empire You need a princess for your castle I'm the logical unbeatable girl you desire I desire, I'm a-fire DIANA: I’ve gotten much farther along don’t you think we should make it official LUC: Diana my final exams have priority Wait just a little DIANA: I’m taking this medical leave, We agreed it was safer by surgery My schooling delayed by a year, you’d apply for employment before me NARRATOR: The girl who was a contender, now steps aside The boy is satisfied Remaining to do is to choose a convenient moment to say that the romance is through. LUC: I'm all overcome by none other than hindsight Now that the Match is done I’ve slaved over grades and delayed fun my whole life And fatherhood is no fun I’m sorry honey we all have to make tough choices I’m a prince destined for an empire Don’t be so selfish you’ll find someone else Diana you have strength that will always inspire I'm inspired you inspire--- [water splashes] LUC: Holy.. let me call an ambulance DIANA: Call it. And get out.
10.
Summoning 03:36
I am a sound near Saturn's rings I was a ghost, a holy thing They call me through a wicked king I try to flee their summoning They choose a vessel without consent They dare to meddle in dire events And I, a riddle in human skin, a cursed seed, begin. Before the moon broke off the earth, we walked Under a sky of tangerine we fought To put our people on a ship for naught There's nothing left alive There's nothing left to die There's nothing left to die Within a blind womb, my organs writhe Her options waning, my mother cries there's no escaping this child mind and, memory fading, I'm purified A fistula grows in the dark I miss you, love, as bones grow hard And soon the womb connects to pouch It's time for me to come out I picture you beside the star so bright We weave a Dyson overhead hold tight We steal the power of a god we rise There's nothing left alive There's nothing left to die There's nothing left to die They dare to bring me back to life This finite body yoked in Time And as the walls boil into ash Do they imagine who's come back?
11.
Curse 01:45
NARRATOR: So Luc became a xenodoc Diana lost her leading spot And birthed a daughter who was not at all as she appeared Diana tried to go for derm but missed too many subintern- ships so she had to go to psych and blamed him her entire life Luc suffered a puzzling curse no unicorn could quite reverse His flesh was changing into clay And scaring patients all away
12.
Monster 03:24
I used to be a physician now, I'm a freak and they pity me But part of me laughs now the outside matches the inside secrets I still keep and nobody knows all the times I have tried just to die Only something compels me back to life nobody knows that to fail and survive is the penance I serve for the love I denied No I'm not a vampire but I was adored They called me an angel a lifetime before I went to the best school and dated the best girl and threw her away 'cause I wanted the world Oh you may hate me if you like for what I dared back in my prime Nobody stopped me, no one tried My mirror's a monster I recognize Used to be a romantic now I'm a creep and they flinch from me But I was a prince in your eyes for a moment before all the greed and the blood and the spite And nobody knows how the sorry is told by a scoundrel alone in the dark getting old and nobody knows how I scream in the night as you vanish again and forbid me to find you Once I was a marvel, yes I was adored They called me an angel a lifetime before I went to the best school and dated the best girl and threw her away 'cause I wanted the world Oh you may hate me if you like I'm gutted by a bitter knife And no one could stop me, nobody tried My mirror's a monster I recognize and would you believe I began to pray for a miracle let me forget the child I lost and the woman who bore the cost Once I was important, yes I was adored They called me an angel a lifetime before But now I'm revolting, a hermit abhorred you surely would shun me and show me the door but once I was an angel I was an angel I was an angel I was an angel I was an angel I am an angel no more
13.
Stories 05:16
there are stories that we tell ourselves 'cause we want to or 'cause we must believe it that someone really loved us even for a moment just before they found we weren't needed and these stories that we tell ourselves come to shape us in ways we leave unheeded a universe uncertain leaves us cold and frightened better keep the blanks completed And when the passion is over and I'm getting older take me away from believing in you For I have a mission sweet as the rose in bloom she's the destiny I never knew sleep soft as the snow I will carry you home find meaning in all our strife and fun like warrior bold I'll defend you alone both mother and father I'll become There are stories that we tell ourselves, 'cause it hurts to and we must conclude it that love can be a frail thing easily forsaken if we seize the bravery to do it And these stories let me walk away from a coward who betrayed and left me and has the gall to sit there pitying his own lot I can't let him so upset me and every night when I hold her I'm getting closer to a fire brighter than I felt for you For her I will raise up and empire long overdue she'll have everything I never knew sleep soft as the snow I will carry you home find meaning in all our strife and fun like warrior bold I'll defend you alone both mother and father I'll become There are stories that we tell ourselves 'cause the world moves though we cannot feel it and truth is such a hard word floating through my fingers I can't bear to let the silence steal it And these stories that we tell ourselves let me choose her though control is illusion and in the end it's feeling sculpted out of nothing forging everything that's human and every time I console her I come to know her someone peculiar and waiting to be And love reassembles from feeble to everlasting exception to all I have seen sleep soft as the snow I will carry you home find meaning in all our strife and fun like warrior bold I'll defend you alone both mother and father I'll become sleep soft as the snow I will carry you home find meaning in all our strife and fun like warrior bold I'll defend you alone both mother and father I'll become

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Refugees from the Otherworld is Psyche Corporation's first fully produced musical, written, recorded, produced, and sung by yours truly. It takes place in a post-galactic imperio-technomystic urban fantasy world where refugee magicals from another dimension have been coming to Earth for years. They are also getting horrible Earth diseases that they need medical care for, so there's a medical school to train every generation of doctors in medical management of magicals (also called "the xenos"). This edition of the musical follows the story of two students at the medical school. I did have ideas for a sequel, trilogy, and/or bonus musical follow-up, but let's just see how y'all feel about this start.

The writing took place over the summer/fall of 2019 after watching Hamilton live in (of all places) Oklahoma. I did not know about any strange disease that would actually come to claim us later.

album image by Egregore Design (facebook.com/egregoredesign)

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released May 30, 2022

all music mastered by Aethyric Productions

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Paul Shapera as Luc

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Psyche Corporation New York, New York

Psyche Corporation is a cyber/steampunk band fronted by a former Ladies of Steampunk model, who combines dance with a powerhouse vocal range. Hailing from a future where neuroprosthetics allow for dream downloads, the band’s style spans trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music, with themes both dystopian and lighthearted, e.g. “Perl-Operated Boy”. ... more

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